Artist Alicja Rogalska has spent the last year responding to the world-leading research of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
She tells us, “This has been a truly fantastic and unique opportunity for me as an artist whose work and research engages with social and political issues and draws a lot on social sciences and my background in cultural studies”.
Alicja’s practice is interdisciplinary and encompasses research and production with a focus on social structures and the political subtext of daily life, making her a perfect fit for working at Essex.
Professor Jason Glynos from the Department of Government is the lead academic on the project. He said, “It is hard not to be excited by this imaginative and bold experimental initiative. Research staff in the Faculty of Social Sciences have long produced work that is widely acknowledged to be world-leading, generating new perspectives that help us better understand social, economic, and political issues linked to sexuality, race, migration and refugees, inequality and poverty, technology, ideology, and so on. To bring an artist’s sensibility and creativity into contact with this work provides a unique opportunity to explore, in a distinctive way, the contribution Essex research makes to speculative and critical thinking.”
The residency will culminate in an exhibition here at Art Exchange, screenings at Focal Point Gallery and a public programme of talks, art workshops and school visits in 2021.
This project has been made possible through a collaboration with Focal Point Gallery, and funding from Arts Council England.